Although not with us in person, Bea Dezell’s memory lives on with the spirit of Christmas through Bea’s Tree.
Just as Bea lived her life – helping others – so does this little tree. Each year revenue generated at the live auction is 100% directed to the area of greatest need through Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
This special little tree was purchased by Bea in the 1950’s and was used to celebrate Christmas with the Brownie packs in Prince George. After the Brownies, the tree was used by the PG Weavers and Spinners at Studio 2880 for several years and then was sold in a garage sale and bought by Shirley Gratton.
The tree re-surfaced at another garage sale and the Festival of Trees committee, led by Shirli-Gene Sadowick, decided that this little aluminum tree had a history that required preserving. It’s unique, tiny, and radiant… just like Bea Dezell herself.
Christened Bea’s Tree, it was decided that each year at the Festival of Tree’s Gala Auction night, the little tree would be sold to the highest bidder. Winners are able to display and keep the tree through the holiday season. It is then returned to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, to be auctioned again at the next Festival of Trees. Winners receive a special ornament and have their story added to the history of the little tree. To date Bea’s tree has warmed the hearts of many through the holiday season and this year could be your year!!
Bea’s Tree has become part of the family tradition of the Prince George Festival of Trees.
Since 2004 Bea’s tree has raised $197,150 as of the 2017 Festival of Trees.